Dustin Carlton counsels employers in all aspects of employment and labor relations law, representing clients in a variety of traditional labor and employment matters. Dustin helps employers keep in step with the constantly changing regulations that impact the workplace and works to ensure correct interpretation and implementation of the laws.
Dustin's practice involves:
- Labor & Employment Law – Counseling employers with respect to day-to-day employment matters, such as hiring and termination, worker classification, wage and hour compliance, discipline, reductions in force, leaves of absence, and disability accommodations.
- Employment Litigation – Representation related to claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, including both common law and statutory whistleblower claims; Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) interference; wage and hour violations; and breach of contract; as well as enforcement of non-compete agreements and other restrictive covenants.
- Contract Drafting and Negotiation – Representation of employers and employees in drafting executive and other employment agreements, transition agreements, separation and release agreements, confidentiality/nondisclosure agreements, noncompete agreements, staffing agreements, professional employer organization (PEO) agreements, and independent contractor agreements.
Dustin also assists employers in drafting policies and employee handbooks and in responding to complaints filed with administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Before joining the firm, Dustin served as a judicial clerk for Federal Judge Samuel Wilson with the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia. Dustin graduated first in his class from Wake Forest University School of Law. He earned a B.A. in theology from Oral Roberts University.